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spite (n.)

c. 1300, shortened form of despit "malice" (see despite). Corresponding to Middle Dutch spijt, Middle Low German spyt, Middle Swedish spit. In 17c. commonly spelled spight. Phrase in spite of is recorded from c. 1400, literally "in defiance or contempt of," hence "notwithstanding." Spite-fence "barrier erected to cause annoyance" is from 1889.

spite (v.)

c. 1400, "dislike, regard with ill will," from spite (n.). Meaning "treat maliciously" is from 1590s (as in "cut off (one's) nose to spite (one's) face"); earlier "fill with vexation, offend" (1560s). Related: Spited; spiting.

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Definitions of spite from WordNet
1
spite (n.)
feeling a need to see others suffer;
Synonyms: malice / maliciousness / spitefulness / venom
spite (n.)
malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty;
Synonyms: cattiness / bitchiness / spitefulness / nastiness
2
spite (v.)
hurt the feelings of;
Synonyms: hurt / wound / injure / bruise / offend
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